At today’s Auckland council meeting the attempt to have a vote of no confidence failed. Some councillors said it would put them in an impossible position if Len Brown didn’t resign, they would have to work with him having expressed no confidence in him.
The censure motion went ahead and passed as predicted. Amongst other things it unanimously expressed “profound disappointment and disapproval”.
NZ Herald reports: Vote over Mayor Len Brown’s censure passed
The motion of censure was unprecedented and was one of the strongest motions a fellow politician could give, Mr Lee said.
“It means we have chastised the mayor for his failings, and a motion of no confidence means that we can’t work with him.
“Members, we have a choice here and we have to try and move forward.”
Councillor Dick Quax said the council would only be able to move forward when Mr Brown was gone.
“He has been the architect of his own dilemma.”
So councillors have now expressed views ranging from profound disappointment and disapproval to no confidence. This further entrenches the untenable situation Brown is in.
Metro editor Simon Wilson blogs: Len Brown: gone by Christmas?
Len Brown will soon resign. The governing body of the Auckland Council has been meeting since 10am, and it’s still not over, and it’s clear in the debate that the mayor has lost the support of most councillors. That will make it extremely difficult for him to do his job.
When he understands that – and how longer could that possibly take? – he will step down.
So why will Len Brown stand down?
In the current issue of the magazine, I have suggested that Brown’s misdemeanours are not sufficiently serious to require resignation, but if he loses his ability to do his job, that changes. If he cannot lead the council, he needs to find the courage and grace to step aside.
He’s reached that stage.
Can Brown still do his job? Widely viewed as a disgrace and/or a laughing stock, his only salvation lies in his potential to harness council support to lay that reputation to rest. He needs their goodwill and support if he is to have any chance of re-establishing his claim to leadership. But councillors have made it plain that cannot happen.
Brown should not be confused about this. Most councillors will not support the explicit right-wing attack on him, at least partly because they do not want this to be seen as a right-wing victory.
But he should recognise that they want him to resign anyway. They are waiting for him to do the decent thing.
Len Brown will soon be gone. It’s hard to see him lasting past Christmas.
I think that sums it up well.
Support for Brown has been evaporating since yesterday’s NZH editorial – Editorial: Brown must go for the good of the Super City
The Government is sending strong signals that it is up to Brown (implying to resign).
Collins to Len: Do you have the moral authority?
A senior Government minister says Mayor Len Brown has to question whether he has the moral authority to stay on as mayor.
Judith Collins, who has known Mr Brown for 30 years, made the comment this morning ahead of a council meeting at which the mayor will face motions of censure and no confidence.
She told RadioLive the mayor had to question whether he should stay on.
“My advice to Len is this – Len, do you have the moral authority to do what is an extremely important job?”
Ms Collins said she had been hearing consistently negative comments around Auckland about someone who people used to think very highly of.
“And I just think it’s really going to be very tough if he wishes to stay.
“But if he does, obviously we will work with anyone when it comes to the mayor of Auckland, and we have to as a Government. But Len’s really got to think about it.”
Brown’s friends and allies are advising him it’s time to go.
Len Old Friend: This Is Why You Must Stand Down
By Selwyn Manning
Sometimes our strength is not measured by what we strive for, or hold onto, but by what we give up… If you go, you do so for the team, by forcing an election the voters of Auckland will get to choose who will lead the City’s council rather than that choice being made by those who currently occupy the Beehive.
His council have now officially censured him and want to be able to move on. It’s hard to see how they can do that with him as mayor.
Confidence in Brown is evaporating, and their are signs his own confidence has taken a major hit.
A Christmas present for Auckland will be Brown’s resignation. Early would be better.
Then in the New Year the city can set about choosing a mayor that they have confidence and trust in.